Sindh warns of street protests against non-payment of funds

Karachi, June 10, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Information and local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon has warned that the people of Sindh was ready to come out on street for their rights if the federal government not provided the funds for the development projects and not stop the injustice regarding the gas and electricity supply to the province.

The Minister said this while addressing the gathering at chief minister’s house on Wednesday held for ground-breaking ceremony for K-4 water project to provide water to people of Karachi. The Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was the chief guest of the program and this is the greater Karachi water supply scheme for which the federal government has to provide 50 percent of the expenditure.

However the Sindh Minister said that the federal government neither fulfilled the promises regarding providing the funds for the mega projects for Karachi and other parts of the province. Sharjeel Memon said that the Punjab is not the only Pakistan and advised the federal government not consider the policy of reconciliation of the PPP as its weakness otherwise the people of Sindh was ready to come out on streets if injustice was continued.

He said federal government ignoring the Sindh, Balochistan and KPK while only Punjab is being considered as part of Pakistan this policy would damage the unity of the country. He said the federal government did not provided the funds for green line bus project while it was promised in last year to provide. He said federal government snatched the share of Gas from Sindh and it was a clear violation of the constitution. He said according to constitution the major shareholder of the Gas is the province which producing the natural resources’ but Sindh is being neglected in providing its due share.

Sharjeel Memon said LNG is not the need of the Sindh but federal government forcing the province to bear the burden of the LNG. He said this is conspiracy against the Sindh so that the industries should shift other provinces. However he warned that people of Sindh did not want to disturb the democratic system but such injustices would force the Sindh to raise the voice for its rights.

He said Sindh is being faced 16 to 18 hours worst kind of loadshedding and warned that the Sindh would not tolerate more injustices. The Minister said that Chief Minister Sindh also raised the voice on every forum and fight for the right of the province.

Sharjeel said that people of Sindh is being victimised because it rejected the PML-N in 2013 election and elected the PPP to serve the province. He said Sindh can also lodge protest as like the Punjab was staged in the past but PPP believed in democracy and democratic process and did not want to destabilize the system.

He said Sindh did not want to replay as same as the Punjab was did in previous PPP government and burnt the Wapda towers and installations. He said Sindh would not replay in that manner but people would not tolerate more injustice.

He as per constitution the federal government has to provide total fund for the K-4 water project but Sindh was forced to share 50 percent in this project while the Karachi is a mini Pakistan and people of all parts are living in this city. This is the responsibility of the federal government to provide funds for the basic infrastructure for this city.

However the minister said that Sindh government is very much willing to provide all facilities to the people and despite curtail of its development budget and reducing the share in divisible pool the Sindh government taking steps own its own to start the mega projects.

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